In response to the letter by Sylvia Medley on Dec. 28, 2012. An assault weapon is a rifle or pistol that a liberal objects to the appearance of the firearm. They do not like the way it looks. It is a political term. The military has assault rifles. These firearms have a selector switch that allows Semi-automatic or full automatic function. You and I cannot purchase or legally own these.
The guard at Columbine was told not to confront agressors. Had he fired at Klebold and Harris the results would be very different. Private schools do have armed guards. Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. is most prominent.
We do not sacrifice our interests for the greater good. Those who give up liberty for safety deserve neither. — Benjamin Franklin
I hunt with what you call an assault weapon. It is a semi-automatic rifle in .223 caliber. It is not particularly high powered, but it is light and accurate. I have 5, 10 and 20 round magazines, but the Department of Fish and Game regulations limit the hunting capacity to five rounds.
Posting Gun Free Zone signs at schools only advertises that they are defenseless. A much better determinate sign would be: “This school is protected by Smith and Wesson.”